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Brooklyn Public Library is a hub for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. While our buildings are closed due to COVID 19 we will continue to connect you to online events, one-on-one assistance and resources to help you find useful information during this difficult time. 

  • Useful Subject Guides on the resources you need to be a successful entrepreneur, created by our business librarians. See the "Subject Guides" box on the right side of this page to see our most up to date Subject Guides.
  • Online databases with authoritative information about your industry, competitors, and target customers.
  • Subscriptions to the leading trade magazines and business newspapers in print and online.
  • We partner with SCORE NYC to provide personalized business assistance from an SBA-certified mentor. In response to the COVID-19 closures, SCORE is offering video and email consultations. Go to their website and select Video Mentoring, complete the form and select the option to "Schedule an appointment," then choose "Video Mentoring" in the dropdown menu for locations. You can also send an email to [email protected] to request an appointment; this option may take a little longer.
  • The City Bar Justice Center’s Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project (NELP) launched an initiative offering free remote legal consultations to help small businesses navigate challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to learn more.
  • Start Small Think Big! provides free small business legal assistance and financial consulting to qualified entrepreneurs. At this time they are consulting remotely. To qualify, you must complete an application which can be found here.
  • Annual business plan competition for Brooklyn entrepreneurs that awards finalists with seed capital and feedback from our qualified judges.
  • Competition includes free workshops on:
    • Writing you business plan.
    • Implementing marketing strategies
    • Determining financial projections.
    • Researching your customers, competitors and market.
  • Go to our PowerUP! page for more information.
  • Expert led events and classes on all aspects of starting, running, and growing your business.
  • Librarian led events on how to utilize all of the library’s business resources and where to look for additional help.
  • Go to our Events Calendar to see all of our upcoming business events and classes.
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